Jeffrey Foucault

One of the finest songwriters of his generation, Jeffrey Foucault has taken, in his own words, “the small roads;” building a brick and mortar independent international touring career of ten studio albums and countless miles across North America, Europe and the UK. Along the way, he's been lauded for “stark, literate songs that are as wide open as the landscape of his native Midwest” (The New Yorker) and described as “quietly brilliant” (The Irish Times), whilst catching the ear of everyone from Greil Marcus to Van Dykes Parks and Don Henley, who regularly covers Foucault in his live set.

From Whitewater, Wisconsin, and now based in New England, Foucault was 17 when he learned to play all the songs on John Prine's eponymous debut, on his father's mail-order guitar, spending long evenings in his bedroom spinning old records on a hand-me-down turntable. At 19, having having quit school to work as a farm-hand and house-carpenter, Foucault began writing the songs that became his first record. Since that 2001 release he’s been everything from solo country-blues troubadour to frontman for a six-piece rock 'n' roll band, compiling a discography remarkable for its visceral power and complex poetics. His terse brand of minimalist Americana marries influences of country, folk, blues and rock and roll, with an openness and dimensionality that beckons the listener further in.

“Jeffrey Foucault… clocks modern culture about as good as I've ever heard anybody clock it.”
 Don Henley


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